PokerStars WCOOP 2020

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WCOOP-63-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Thursday Thrill SE]
WCOOP-63-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Thursday Thrill SE]
Jour 1 terminé

"Jo589", Nemeth, and Gumz Lead 62 Players in WCOOP-63-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Thursday Thrill SE]

poolshir • Niveau 19: 17,500-35,000, 4,500 ante
Andras Nemeth
Andras Nemeth

Day 1 of the PokerStars WCOOP-63-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Thursday Thrill SE] has come to an end with 62 players making it through to Day 2 out of 494 entries. A prize pool of $988,000 has been created by the 365 unique players who reentered 129 times.

Germany's "Jo589" has claimed the chip lead with 5,223,012. They already held the chip lead but during the last hand of hand-for-hand play, they took out Andrey "drupa-lucker" Chernokoz after the bubble had already bust to add even more chips to their stack. Trailing them in the counts are two more familiar names and faces to join on the podium.

Andras "probirs" Nemeth has already won two WCOOP titles this year after having had none up to the start of the series and bagged 4,133,171 for Day 2. Will he make it three? Just behind him is another German player who resides in Austria, Fabian "!$eveeeeeeen!" Gumz was at the top of the counts for most of the later stages of the day but ended up with 3,996,380 when the tournament was paused.

Other notable names in the top 25 of the counts include Pavel "MountainRo$e" Veksler (3,543,591), Aleksejs "APonakov" Ponakovs (3,475,585), Kenny "SpaceyFCB" Hallaert (3,447,036), Christian "eisenhower1" Jeppsson (3,252,735), Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet (3,151,838), Roman "Radioromashka" Emelyanov (3,045,230), Michael "merla888" Gathy (2,472,365), Bert "girafganger7" Stevens (2,442,988), Jans "Graftekkel" Arends (2,341,166), and Bruno "great dant" Volkmann with 2,265,310.

WCOOP-63-H: $2,100 NLHE [8-Max, Progressive KO, Freezeout, Thursday Thrill SE] Top Ten Counts

RankPlayerCountryChip CountBig Blinds
2Andras "probirs" NemethHungary4,133,171118
3Fabian "!$eveeeeeeen!" GumzGermany3,996,380114
5Pavel "MountainRo$e" VekslerUkraine3,543,591101
6Aleksejs "APonakov" PonakovsLatvia3,475,58599
7Kenny "SpaceyFCB" HallaertBelgium3,447,03698
9Christian "eisenhower1" JeppssonSweden3,252,73593
10Jon "apestyles" Van FleetUnited States3,151,83890

Today's Action

When the late registration and reentry period had closed, there were 165 players left to battle it out for a share of the regular prize pool aside from any bounties which had already been earned. The eliminations started flying in rapidly with stars like Ole "wizowizo" Schemion, Samuel "€urop€an" Vousden, Ludovic "ludovi333" Geilich, and Marc "14alonso14" Macdonnell all busting soon after.

PokerStars Team Online's Ben "Spraggy" Spragg and Francisco "Tomatee" Benitez both busted to "FouEnculePL" in the same hand while Fintan "EasyWithAces" Hand had been eliminated earlier on the day.

Ben Spragg
Ben Spragg

2.5 hours after the registration had closed, it was time for the bubble. In the end, "Aalexxs" three-bet when "cardinals970" raised while keeping only a few chips behind and then called the four-bet of "cardinals970" for the rest with ace-king. "cardinals970" held pocket sevens. The board ran out eight-eight-trey-ace-seven for "Aalexxs" to turn the higher two pair but for "cardinals970" to river the full house to get the rest of the field through to Day 2.

Plan for Day 2

When the players return at 7:05 p.m. CEST on Saturday, September 19, they will finish the last ten minutes of Level 19 which has a small blind of 17,500, a big blind of 35,000, and a running ante of 4,500. The PokerStars Twitch Stream will be live from 7:30 p.m too with commentary by James Hartigan and joe Stapleton with cards-up coverage.

PokerNews will be back too to bring you all the updates on a similar delay until a new WCOOP champion has been found so make sure to come back then.

End-of-Day 1 Chip Counts (complet)

poolshir • Niveau 19: 17,500-35,000, 4,500 ante
Jo589 DE 5,223,012
Andras "probirs" Nemeth hu 4,133,171 477,875
Fabian "!$eveeeeeeen!" Gumz de 3,996,380 62,000
FouEnculePL pl 3,904,634 -9,000
Pavel "MountainRo$e" Veksler ua 3,543,591 151,600
Aleksejs "APonakov" Ponakovs lv 3,475,585 44,500
Kenny "SpaceyFCB" Hallaert be 3,447,036 79,500
luelue399 ca 3,267,803 -9,000
Christian "eisenhower1" Jeppsson se 3,252,735 -352,250
Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet us 3,151,838 26,500
Roman "Radioromashka" Emelyanov ru 3,045,230 -411,000
u3meha ua 2,890,353 -165,905
Darwinsfish nl 2,884,038 480,600
cardinals970 ca 2,756,645
Luigi "Il-Giuglia" D'Alterio 2,748,694 -78,750
Michael "merla888" Gathy be 2,472,365 47,168
Bert "girafganger7" Stevens 2,442,988 697,875
Manuel "BigFudge95" Fritz at 2,417,274 -582,705
needdollarz ru 2,414,229 2,414,229
Rafael "rafitia" Camargo BR 2,401,235 -305,388
Jans "Graftekkel" Arends nl 2,341,166 444,700
Bruno "great dant" Volkmann br 2,265,310 -384,288
tzuzteutezu at 2,248,113 2,248,113
Marius "DEX888" Gierse at 2,166,362 2,166,362
BenArfaa10 gb 2,161,906 2,161,906

Lire Plus

"Jo589" Increases Chip Lead in Final Hand of the Night

poolshir • Niveau 19: 17,500-35,000, 4,500 ante
Jo589 vs Chernokoz
Jo589 vs Chernokoz

Even though the bubble had burst, there was still a hand in play. Andrey "drupa-lucker" Chernokoz had limped in from the early position and the action folded to "Jo589" in the big blind who raised to 105,000. Chernokoz three-bet shoved for 620,840 and was called by "Jo589" with the biggest stack in the tournament.

Andrey "drupa-lucker" Chernokoz: {9-Spades}{9-Clubs}
"Jo589": {k-Clubs}{5-Hearts}

The flop came {q-Hearts}{3-Spades}{2-Clubs} to keep Chernokoz in good shape but the {k-Diamonds} on the turn gave "Jo589" the higher pair.

The river completed the board with the {j-Clubs} for Chernokoz to be the first player to cash $2,200 while "Jo589" increased their chip lead for Day 2.

The chip counts and a recap for today are to follow.

Jo589 DE 5,223,012 1,086,840
Andrey "drupa-lucker" Chernokoz ru Eliminé

"cardinals970" Bursts the Bubble by Busting "Aalexxs"

poolshir • Niveau 19: 17,500-35,000, 4,500 ante
cardinals970 vs Aalexxs
cardinals970 vs Aalexxs

"cardinals970" raised to 70,000 from the early position and "Aalexxs" three-bet to 140,000 from the middle position, keeping 8,535 behind which they pushed in when the action folded back to "cardinals970" who four-bet.

"Aalexxs": {a-Hearts}{k-Spades}
"cardinals970": {7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}

The flop came {8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{3-Spades} for "cardinals970" to stay ahead but "Aalexxs" turned the higher two pair with the {a-Spades}.

The river completed the board with the {7-Spades} though for "cardinals970" to hit the full house to burst the bubble.

cardinals970 ca 2,756,645 97,702
Aalexxs nl Eliminé

Top Ten Chip Counts After the Break

poolshir • Niveau 19: 17,500-35,000, 4,500 ante
Jo589 DE 4,136,172 683,545
Fabian "!$eveeeeeeen!" Gumz de 3,934,380 -122,813
FouEnculePL pl 3,913,634 1,894,975
Andras "probirs" Nemeth hu 3,655,296 650,337
Aleksejs "APonakov" Ponakovs lv 3,431,085 334,625
Pavel "MountainRo$e" Veksler ua 3,391,991 289,795
Kenny "SpaceyFCB" Hallaert be 3,367,536 591,000
luelue399 ca 3,276,803 1,558,450
Jon "apestyles" Van Fleet us 3,125,338 -63,375
u3meha ua 3,056,258 229,950

WCOOP 2020: A Bountiful $10K Sunday Slam for Dimitar Danchev

poolshir • Niveau 19: 17,500-35,000, 4,500 ante
Dimitar Danchev
Dimitar Danchev

Helping kick off the 2020 World Championship of Online Poker was one of many marquee events that will play out this series, the two-day $10,300 buy-in Sunday Slam.

As a progressive knockout tournament, finding ways to stack as many opponents as possible was crucial. In the end 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure champion Dimitar “KuuL” Danchev punched out the most of them to earn the title and just over $400,000 including bounties.

When speaking on the PokerStars WCOOP 2020 live stream about his win, Danchev acknowledged how important collecting those knockouts really was.

“My tournament went pretty good with winning a lot of bounties,” he says. “But it’s very important actually if you win a lot of bounties in such format to win the heads-up, so you keep all the bounties for yourself!”

Read the full story over at the PokerStars Blog


Bubble Time

poolshir • Niveau 18: 15,000-30,000, 3,750 ante

"Darwinsfish" raised to 75,000 from the cutoff and was called by Luigi "Il-Giuglia" D'Alterio on the button and "nikolaaa1234" in the big blind.

The flop came [3ss6h4s], "nikolaaa1234" bet 150,000 for "Darwinsfish" to fold. D'Alterio raised it up to 375,000 for "nikolaaa1234" to shove for 679,804 and got called.

"nikolaaa1234": {a-Spades}{6-Spades}
Luigi "Il-Giuglia" D'Alterio: {7-Spades}{7-Hearts}

"nikolaaa1234" had hit top pair and picked up the flush draw while D'Alterio had the overpair and gutshot to a straight.

The rest of the board was completed with the {k-Hearts} on the turn and the {7-Clubs} on the river.

"Dhr. Awesome" busted shortly after to get the tournament to the bubble and hand-for-hand play.

Luigi "Il-Giuglia" D'Alterio 2,827,444 1,991,374
Rafael "rafitia" Camargo BR 2,706,623
Darwinsfish nl 2,403,438
Eduardo "edudrake1987" Pires br 1,778,848 621,162
nikolaaa1234 bg Eliminé
Dhr. Awesome at Eliminé